Jaap Kalkman

Global head and Managing Partner of Energy and Utilities practice of Arthur D. Little


Dr. Jaap Kalkman is Managing Partner and Global Head of the Energy & Utilities Practice at Arthur D. Little, the world’s first management consulting firm. Jaap has more than 20 years of Consulting and Private Equity experience in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Jaap obtained his masters (1989) and PhD (1993) in Physics and Mathematics from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.  After obtaining his PhD, he worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America.

Jaap started his consulting career in 1994 with McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam, where he became partner in 2000. Since his early career, he focused on energy clients, both in Utilities and Oil & Gas. Since 2002, he works in Asia and the Middle East, based out of Manila, Singapore, Bahrain and Dubai.

From mid-2007 until early 2011, Jaap worked at a Middle East based global private equity firm, where he was Head of Infrastructure Investments for Asia and the Middle East.  During that time, Jaap made the firm's first investment into China in renewables and conducted more than 20 due diligences in the energy and infrastructure sectors in various countries. He established Paragon Utilities, a Bahrain-based district cooling firm.

In 2011, Jaap returned to management consulting. Jaap advises top management on strategic, economic and organizational matters and focuses on clients in Oil & Gas, Utilities, Chemicals, Public Sector and Private Equity in the Middle East and Asia.

Jaap lives with his wife, son and two daughters in Dubai, UAE.